Cawarra Ski Club Mt Buller Accommodation Lodge Style


Cawarra Ski Club opens its doors to the public for winter mountain fun and adventures at Mt Buller. Located within easy walking distance of all the action, this family-friendly lodge sleeps up to 22 people in winter with 5 guest bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, and a live-in winter lodge manager.

Wake up to the sunrise from the lounge room and cook up a brekkie in the fully equipped kitchen before hitting the slopes. Head straight to the Lydia Lassila chairlift or take a short, free shuttle bus to your favourite run. The vibrant restaurants, bustling bars, shops and toboggan slope of Mt Buller Village are just a five-minute stroll from the front door.

You’ll love coming back to this retreat for your après-ski. Its warm, cosy lounge invites you to enjoy a hot toddy in front of the fireplace or while stargazing from the balcony. If you still have energy to burn, hang out in the games room and challenge your friends to a table tennis tournament.

The kitchen has everything you need to cook up a feast after a long day on the slopes, including 2 stoves, an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, a fridge, and utensils. Fire up the Barbie and enjoy dinner and sundowners on the enclosed balcony.

Our local tip is to order takeaway pizza for your group from the Alpine Retreat across the road and enjoy easy takeaway in the comfort of our lodge dining area.

Skiers, snowboarders and snow lovers alike will be happy to find a drying room and laundry with a washing machine and dryer.

Want to bring the whole family or enjoy a mountain break with friends? Book the entire lodge for a midweek stay, weekend or more during winter and summer, and enjoy the whole lodge to yourselves for very affordable rates. Alternatively, you can book a private room and ensuite. Our friendly live-in manager will welcome you through winter and ensure you have the best lodge experience.


2024 Rates - Click here

2018 Virtual Tour (note new kitchen added in 2019 has not been added yet)- View Here

For Bookings:
Live Online Booking Site
ph: 1800 285 537
Full Lodge bookings - Contact us

Full lodge bookings are now available at very affordable rates for friends and family who want to book out the whole lodge. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 living areas (inc games room with table tennis), gas fireplace, BBQ, and more. Such a convenient location for everyone including little kids. Whole lodge bookings are the most economical and fun way to stay at the club when you have a few families visiting (16-23 people) as it's easy to fill 5 rooms, each with its own ensuite. This way, you have the whole lodge to yourselves, you don’t have to worry about other guests, and you get the manager*, kitchen, lounge and games room, and all facilities to yourselves! (*no live-in manager during the non-winter season) You will find our rates really encouraging, enough to consider group stays every year!

Best Family Ski Resort

Private Ski Club - Lodge Environment

A family-friendly club lodge environment, Cawarra is a privately owned not-for-profit ski club that extends its welcome to the snow-loving public. It has private members who maintain the club but mostly the lodge is enjoyed by guests from the general public who have found us through word of mouth. The lodge is managed through Winter by live-in managers who are there to ensure the lodge is kept clean and guests are happy. They are only there during peak times and are not there to clean up after you. Please treat our lodge with the same respect and care that our members do. Cawarra has 5 bedrooms all with private en suites and large living, dining, games, and cooking areas.


3D Virtual Tour

  • Rooms 1 & 2 are located at the end of the entry hallway.
  • Rooms 3 & 4 are located via the lounge room at the top of the stairs.
  • Room 5 is located via the lounge room at the bottom of the stairs.


  • Room 1 - 2x single bunks (sleeps 4)
  • Room 2 - 1x single bunk, 1x ½ single ½ double bunk (sleeps 4
  • Room 3 - 2x single bunks (sleeps 4)
  • Room 4 - 1x double bed with a single bed over the top, 1x single bunks (sleeps 5)
  • Room 5 - 1x queen bed, 1x single bed, 1x single bunk (sleeps 5)


Please ensure you have the lodge code for entry before you arrive.

It is possible to pre-arrange with the manager to arrive early and leave your luggage in the lodge (without further lodge use) until check-in time. Please contact the manager in the days before your stay if you would like further clarification on this possibility.

The lodge manager during winter is on duty during peak arrival and cleaning times. If the manager is absent for your arrival, check the whiteboard in the entry area for your room number and proceed to your room after 4 pm (see room arrangements for location of rooms) Your room will be clean with linen placed on the end of the beds. Please note that no shoes (slippers or equivalent only) are allowed past the entry area – no exceptions! Even when moving your luggage into storage.


After you check- out you may pre-arrange with the manager to store your bags downstairs in the games room until 4 pm at the latest. STRICTLY no lodge use before check-in or after check-out. There is an adjoining bathroom, which is available for use for those who have checked out however it must be cleaned after your use.

Address of the Lodge:

7 Stirling Rd, Mount Buller, VIC 3723

Cawarra is opposite the Alpine Retreat Lodge, only a 2 min walk to the nearest ski lift and a few mins to the village square.

Lodge Facilities

Kitchen - 2 Stoves & Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridge, Cooking/Eating utensils, Large Lounge Area with cosy fireplace, Games Room, Drying Room, Laundry with Washing machine and Dryer (Lodge Manager must be consulted for use during Winter), enclosed balcony with BBQ, table and drinks fridge.


Friendly on-site lodge manager (during winter only), Private bedroom with ensuite, Bed Linen (during winter only, no towels provided), blankets, doonas, pillows, a portable cot and linen is available upon request. (only one available), High chair (only one available)

2024 - WiFi now available

Kitchen storage - cupboards and fridge space designated by room

What to Bring

  • Food & Drink - There's a supermarket on the mountain but we recommend you bring as much pre-prepared food as possible. Please bring your own milk, butter, spreads, condiments, etc. as they are not provided
  • Towels, extra bath mat soap/body wash and toiletries
  • Washing machine detergent
  • DVDs, games, books
  • Chargers and data
  • Slippers
  • Linen during the non-winter time

Guest Duties

Unlike other lodges, there are no formal duties for guests. Guests ARE responsible for keeping communal areas tidy and cleaning up after their group at all times, and immediately after using the kitchen/eating. It is also expected that you clean the BBQ after use. Please set or empty the dishwasher, and turn off lights, heaters and fireplace as required to keep the lodge energy efficient.

All lodge guests are to please place dirty plates and glassware in the dishwasher and turn it on as required. All guests are asked to empty the dishwasher if it is found full and clean. After eating, all cooking and eating utensils should be cleaned, air-dried, and put away.


For the comfort of all guests, noise levels should be kept to a minimum, especially after 10 pm. Your co-operation would be appreciated. A games room for children is located downstairs but we do ask that this area be policed by the adults for the children's safety and the comfort of other guests.


How to get there - Cawarra Ski Club

Find your way to Cawarra Ski Club at Mt Buller. First, enter the resort entry gates, there will be a gate entry fee for your car and its passengers into the resort carpark, which you should pre-purchase prior to your arrival day as on-mountain capacity can be limited. Cawarra does not provide refunds for lack of booking resort entry. You will also need to pay for your over-snow taxi, which will take you from your parked car up to the lodge (and return). As you approach the appropriate car parking area closest to the ski resort area, you will be directed to a specific parking spot. As you empty yourself and your luggage out of your car, a 4WD taxi will pull up behind you. Tell the taxi driver you are going to Cawarra Ski Club. They will drop you off in our driveway or across the road outside the Alpine Retreat. You cannot avoid this cost, it is part of staying on the mountain.

P.S. – The Mt Buller website has heaps of great information especially for first timers.

So in summary, take with you in the car: The lodge name ‘Cawarra’, and the door code for entry. Also we recommend trying to pack with as few bags as possible and having them all zipped up and ready to go when you arrive in the car park on the mountain. Sometimes it's a good idea to stop in Mansfield on the way through to get the car organised (especially when driving with kids), and if you have stopped for a supermarket shop.


If it's your first time on the mountain or you are a beginner skier, we recommend starting your day by going down to the village square on your first day to get orientated.

We recommend you pre-purchase your lift tickets and lessons for at least your first day.

If there is enough snow, you can ski or snowboard down the side of the road to the lifts. The first lift you’ll get to from Cawarra is Lydia’s ski lift and you can ski 2 turns down and then take a right down a trail behind the lodges to follow a trail to get to two consecutive rope tows that will lift you up to an area near the top of the Standard ski run. There must be enough snow for these lifts to be running, and you need to be at least an intermediate level to get down the Standard ski run.

To return home after skiing, you can access the bottom of Lydia’s lift by a trail near the bottom of the Standard ski run. Again, there must be enough snow for this trail to be open and need to be at least an intermediate level. You can also ski to the bottom of Bourke Street ski run and walk or catch the free village shuttle from the bus parking area up to the Alpine Retreat. Walking up to Cawarra is relatively easy and usually quicker than waiting for the shuttle.


Cawarra Ski Club is only a 5-minute downhill walk to the Village Centre. In this area are a supermarket, rental and retail shops, bars, and restaurants. A return walk can take 5-10 minutes as it is a slight incline uphill. Again, there is a free village shuttle if you require it. The coffee in the village area is a morning must-do for many seasoned members!

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